They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
SAULNIER, Joseph Melbourne, AB A/RDF 2c, V32223, RCNVR, killed - 08 Aug 1944, HMCS REGINA - Son of John and Daisy Saulnier, of Meteghan River, Digby Co., Nova Scotia.
Prior to enlisting in the Navy Joseph Slaunier served in the R.C.E. T.C. as a Sapper from 20 May 1941 - 04 Oct 1941.
AB Saulnier died when HMCS REGINA was torpedoed and sunk off Trevose Head, Cornwall, England by U-667 while she was aiding a merchant vessel in distress. Thirty of her crew were lost. His body was recovered and he was buried in the St. Merryn Churchyard, Cornwall, England on 14 Aug 1944.
Citation for Mentioned in Despatches:
Joseph Melbourne, Able Seaman, V32223, Mention in Despatches, RCNVR, HMCS REGINA - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 13 November 1943 and London Gazette of 29 June 1943.
"For skill and devotion to duty in the destruction of an Italian Submarine while serving in HMCS Regina."
Ships served in:
OTTAWA DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 07 Oct 1941. Commenced Active Service 07 Oct 1941 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS BYTOWN - Drafted to BYTOWN 20 Oct 1941 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to HALIFAX 16 Mar 1942 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS CORNWALLIS - Drafted to CORNWALLIS 01 May 1942 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to HALIFAX 01 Jun 1942 as an OS, RCNVR
* Rated A/RDF 2c 16Jun 1942
HMCS REGINA - Drafted to REGINA 20 Jun 1942 as an OS, RCNVR
* Rated AB 07Oct 1942
(JS01) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2
(JS02) Report of Death
(JS03-JS05) Letters to AB Saulnier's father
(JS06) Headstone for AB Saulnier in the St. Merryn Churchyard, Cornwall, England